PHILIPPINE Sports Commission (PSC) commissioner Ramon Fernandez fired back at Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco via social media, days after being labeled a 'game-fixer' by the Philippine Olympic Committee president.
Fernandez went on the attack with a series of social media posts on Friday questioning expenses the POC was able to reimburse from the PSC which he said did not benefit Filipino athletes.
The four-time PBA MVP was openly critical about Cojuangco’s administration in the POC and has voiced out his opinions in his Facebook account since he was appointed as PSC commissioner.
Apparently, Cojuangco has had enough as he blasted Fernandez in an interview with the Manila Bulletin on Tuesday, saying that the PSC commissioner was a ‘game-fixer’ during his time in the PBA.
The POC president even added that he has documents from close ally Pastor Boy Saycon, who he claimed is a friend of Fernandez's former coach at Toyota, Dante Silverio, to show that the PBA legend was involved in game-fixing activities during his playing career.
But Fernandez responded to the ‘game-fixing’ allegations on social media by posting a document showing a total of P179,000 was allegedly reimbursed for expenses related to the celebration of the new International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative.
The document didn’t show who the IOC representative is although Fernandez wrote “P179K of taxpayers money used by Peping’s POC for her daughter’s welcome party,” referring to Cojuangco’s daughter Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski.
In another post, Fernandez also questioned the purchase of the POC of P1.5 million worth of kitchen equipment for the national athletes’ Dining Hall Dorm J at the Philsports Complex, the funds of which came from the PSC in 2014.
"Why did Peping buy P1.5M worth of kitchen equipments? Who operated the athlete's dining hall in dorm J at the PhilSports Complex?" he wrote on the caption.
Even the PBA legend’s wife Karla Kintanar-Fernandez took a shot at Cojuangco, saying her husband is unperturbed by Cojuangco’s comments.
“The more you do that to Mon, the more you are fueling up his passion to fight for our athletes and to fight for Philippine sports! LET's GET IT ON!,” wrote Kintanar-Fernandez before closing with a hashtag #StopCorruptionInSports.”
She also questioned Cojuangco's contributions to Philippine sports since he became POC president in her lengthy Facebook post.
“What have you done of significance for our athletes since you sat as POC president since 2005? How come athletes secretly communicate to Comm. Mon expressing their discontent on the way you run the POC? What have you contributed to Philippine sports to make us all proud and prouder of Philippine sports? How much have you gained financially all these years as POC President? How come you still want to hold office at an over-retireable age of 82?”
Karla also added his husband has contributed more to Philippine sports than Cojuangco.
“As an athlete playing for the country, Comm Mon has brought gold with his team in the 1972 under 18 FIBA Asia, gold FIBA Asia in 1973...the last a Philippine team has brought gold to our country, 1990 silver gold in Beijing Asian Games. In the PBA, our country's basketball league, he won 19 championships, 4 times the MVP award and please just check Wikipedia for the long list of achievements!"
Incidentally, Cojuangco's son-in-law is Dodot, whose father is PBA legend Robert Jaworski, a longtime teammate of Fernandez in their days with Toyota.